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05 July 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Your mom

In many parts of Asia, it’s rude to brag about your kids. Actually, in Cambodia, you can’t even brag about other people’s kids, especially when they are small, as bad spirits might take them away for being too fabulous.  But moms…. can you brag about your mom? I guess, with countries that respect age hierarchies, […]

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30 June 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Investing Time in People – Meeting Overview

Sorry for the delay in getting this up! I spent last week on a camping training trip with one of our partner organizations and some of our PEPY staff and then the last few days feeling sick and trying to get better!  So, better later than never we hope, we are some notes which were […]

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04 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

(Pari Project Guest Post) Lessons from StartingBloc: Learning As You Go as the Only Way to Grow – an Idea Permeates!

Guest Post By Allie Hoffman of The Pari Project The development sector is famous for acronyms and grand plans. William Easterly calls them ‘the Planners’ – those who have fixed, set ideas about what is going to work, and are slow to change course. But he points out that history has shown that it’s the […]

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03 May 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Investing Time in People (a meeting!)

NOTE: If you are going to be in San Francisco on June 11th and you are interested in discussing these topics further, join us! (Scroll to the bottom!) INVESTING TIME IN PEOPLE is the thing I think is missing from a lot of our development/philanthropy/voluntourism and overall GIVING plans. We can always make more money. […]

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27 April 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Pari Project Guest Post: Why can’t we trust each other?

The Pari Project, an organization based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that is working to foster a movement to increase the capacity of humanitarian organizations in Asia and Africa, proposed a wonderful idea to me: They want to share their lessons too. Rather than create a new blog, the Pari team will post the lessons they […]

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08 April 2011 ~ 8 Comments

Orphanages: We need to “Get Real”

Yes, somehow my blog has become an orphanage/orphanage tourism discussion platform for the time being…. so be it! I recently met a video editor named Regina who had also been living in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  As she was starting a video education program for youth in the area, she became aware of the problems of […]

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27 January 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Seeking Excellence (PEPY’s new Director)

I know that I started this blog intending for it to be separate from PEPY, but since my life and PEPY are intertwined, that is sometimes impossible! Here is a letter I recently wrote to many of PEPY’s supporters which I thought I would share: —- Hi PEPY Family – I am writing today to […]

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